Our time to leave Thailand is almost upon us but when???

My husband rang me over a week ago to say his job had been advertised on a work’s vacancies email………………..what a way to find out your job has been Nationalized….

So our time has come to an end and none too soon. I have lost 1 dog and 2 cats to Thailand. Our marriage has had very stormy times, most to do with the stress of work, the heat and the difference in culture.

Its not easy working abroad….there are many pit falls. Everyone thinks its glamorous living abroad but it can’t be further from the truth.  You try living your normal day to day life in over 90 degrees. Its not like we are living on the beach and having parties every day. How many people say “well you’re not very brown for living abroad”……

When he is released from his contract we have no idea (don’t forget you have no rights to employment laws) Its as if they own you. They hold your life in their hands.

We had finally decided a couple of months ago, after living here 4 years we would finally have a proper holiday. Our last was in 2008. However, now we have the news of impending unemployment we have cancelled our plans. We need to keep the money we have.

We have to sell off our furniture, give away what needs to be cast aside and hope that at the end of the day we get home without too much costs to us.

Thank goodness Tess and Buddy are ready for their travels. Loosing the wing nuts and bolts for their kennels was a worry but we spent time on Saturday and Sunday finding more. How hard would you think it would be to find the right size wing nuts and bolts !!!! No B&Q here……………..

We will be so glad to go back home. Save Thailand for a holiday and choosing to live here is different to actually working here but for this experience I am sure we have learned lessons and be better people for it. After all we would not have met Milos. Our acupuncture specialist. That has truly changed our lives for the better.

We have met some great people. Had some wonderful and some frightening experiences (fighting snakes) Seen some fantastic scenery and I will never ever get tired of seeing elephants.

We shall go away with friendships that will last our life time but for now we just want to be ordinary people living ordinary lives. I can’t wait to be able to get a job again and be amongst people without a language barrier.

Oh and I will never miss the “eau de toilette – drain smells” – ah the joys of living abroad.

To all our new friends we will miss and to our old friends back home, it won’t be long now I am sure.


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It’s over 2 months now and Stella is still missing. Quite a few weeks ago now one of my neighbours on the compound was told by a security guard that a car passing through the main gate had told him that they had Stella and she was staying with them now. I went immediately to the house in question but alas when they did answer the door they said they didn’t have her.

Who’s to say if they are telling the truth, but why would a guard come and tell someone something like that if it were not true. So I guess someone has her.

Probably why we have not seen her around. I may have got the wrong house but someone has taken her AND what can we do about it………….nothing. No one cares about a little cat here.

I can only hope that they are looking after her properly. Sure she will be driving them nuts as she talks all the time and will be so unhappy not being allowed outside.

There are stray cats on our compound and she is not with them which makes me feel sure that someone took her. What cruel people there are here to do such a thing to someone else. Have they no heart………………

I have leaflet dropped again with a reward on the paperwork. I have also put the reward notice on her photo on the notice board but this last week I noticed that her photo at the security guards huts is no longer displayed and at the notice board near the top of the compound – no photo of Stella.

More reason to think she has been taken and the person has removed her info. Bas…..ds……I do hope something nasty happens to these people for stealing my baby cat.